Originally revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 have been announced ahead of the car’s local arrival in August. Powering the AMG G63 is a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 producing 430kW of power and massive 850Nm of torque.
Priced from $247,000 plus on-road costs, the G63 will initially be the only new G-Class variant that Australia receives – the petrol V8 G500 that sits below it has been ruled out for Australian consumption, for now, though a less expensive V6 diesel G350d will be offered early in 2019.
“The new AMG G63 brings driving performance to the segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form. It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G63 enjoys with our customers and fans. The vehicle has nevertheless reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology with the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine as well as in combination with the off-road characteristics, the agility and the vehicle dynamics achieved”, explains Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“This applies to the entire G-C lass model series. Mercedes-AMG is responsible for their suspension and chassis development as well as V8 competence.”
Powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as other AMG models in the range – including the C63 and AMG GT – the 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 is also equipped with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Producing a huge 430kW of power, and a massive 850Nm of torque between 2,500-3,500rpm, the AMG G63 is a very quick SUV. Mercedes claims a 0-100km/h time of just 4.5 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 220km/h. Equipped with cylinder deactivation, Mercedes claims fuel consumption of 13.2L/100km and CO2 emissions of 299g/km.
Like the standard G-Class however, the G63 is still equipped with the off-road technology that the G-Class is famed for. An on-the-fly switchable low-range gearbox is standard equipment, along with a central locking differential. Like the standard G-Class, a new five-point multi-link rear suspension system has joined the range, as has AMG’s Ride Control adaptive dampers to enhance the car’s ride quality, no matter the surface/condition.
As you’d expect for $247,000 plus on-road costs, the Australian standard equipment list for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 is lengthy, and includes items such as all-LED lighting, a 590W 15-speaker Burmester surround sound system, ambient lighting with 64 shades of colour, a sunroof, electric front seats with heating, Nappa leather upholstery, the same dual 12.3-inch information screen from the E- and S-Class models with Mercedes’ Comand infotainment system with a TV tuner, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and inbuilt satellite navigation.
AMG’s Panamericana grille features proudly at the front end, whilst more AMG-specific clues include massive 21-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers and the G-Class famous side exhaust system.
Active safety equipment includes nine airbags, autonomous emergency braking, brake assist, a 360-degree parking camera, blind-spot monitoring, radar cruise control, lane-keep assist, active parking assist and traffic sign recognition.
Options for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 include the $5,900 Night Package, which adds a number of darker trim items, including indicator lenses, bumper trims, a bash plate and spare wheel housing, as well as black 22-inch alloy wheels.
Also available at launch is the G63 Edition 1, which costs $19,500 more than the normal G63. The Edition 1 adds the Night Package, as well as the Exclusive Interior Plus package with diamond-quilted black and red Nappa leather seats with messaging functionality and heating and ventilation. Metal AMG badges are embedded in the seat backrests, as well as interior details finished in what Mercedes calls ‘silver shadow’ trim.
Other options include a range of different alloy wheels ranging from 21- to 22-inches in size, as well as several available paint finishes, interior colours and interior trimmings.
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 will go on sale in Australia in August 2018, with cars arriving in AMG dealerships around that point in the year. In the first quarter of 2019, the non-AMG G350d will arrive in Australia, priced from around $150,000 plus on-road costs.
2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class pricing (plus on-road costs):
AMG G63 – $247,000
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